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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Remove Astromenda Search Virus (Uninstall Guide)

Tell your friends:
Astromenda Search (astromenda.com) is a potentially unwanted search engine that comes bundled with freeware downloads. Astromenda Search virus is what most users usually say when they get infected with this potentially unwanted program. Most users think that it wants them to use it as a default search engine so it can phish for information. Another thing that allows us to think it's a potentially unwanted application - it might be very difficult to get rid of it. I'm not sure if they are doing this on purpose or not but there might be very difficult to restore some changes made to your web browser. I hope it's just a bug rather than a clever technique made to protect this browser hijacker from being removed. Once installed, it hijacks your web browser, changes default search engine and home page to astromenda.com. There's no logo but the whole interface is very similar to Google Search, so most people thing it's basically the same Google search except that cyber crooks use their own domain in order to gather information about browsing habits and search terms. In fact it redirects users to Yahoo search engine page. So, it's just a pseudo search engine. There's also a browser extension called Astromenda New Tab that is used to achieve these goals. Please use this guide to remove Astromenda Search virus and any associated malware.


Astromenda Search comes bundled with legitmate software and adware. It's also promoted in various other ways, for example through the use of pay-per-install networks and even shady online streaming and download websites. Some of those website are completely fake while others could be even well known websites but with a poor ad management. The problem is, in part, that no matter how much investigation we might do into the subject, we will probably never know exactly what the intentions of these online parasites and annoyances actually are. Let's imagine you've decided to download a piece of software – a common occurrence - but you suspect that the third party website that it's available on is less than legit. However you know that millions of people the world over use this particular software on a daily basis. So how do you discern whether or not you should download your software? Firstly you should only download from the publisher's own site.

Secondly, if like me, you can vividly remember not knowing too much at all about IT, you may also remember that the people you asked for help and advice when downloading something, would tell you to simply start the download and then click all the 'OK' boxes until the download was done. Well, I'm sorry to say that if you're still in the habit of doing this, then those people have a lot to answer for! It is precisely this bad habit that will see you winding up with a Potentially Unwanted Program (or worse – malware) on your PC. Please be very careful when installing downloading software, even from the official websites because nowadays many software developers allow their programs to be bundled with other software. Otherwise, you may simply end up with Astromenda Search or some other PUP on your computer. It could be even a browser hijacker or a fake registry cleaner.

Trust me, I hear you - End User License Agreements are boring! But the point is that less than scrupulous software programs have more often than not been created to make someone some money. And these guys know that many of us don't pay any attention when we're downloading - and they're capitalizing on it.

No, you're right, it would be a lax malware publisher who advertised his intentions like that, but what you may not know is that the producers of Potentially Unwanted Programs quite often do. And that is why you should always read License Agreements!

Those responsible for foisting Astromenda Search virus onto us know that in the majority of cases we won't want their program (hence the fact that PUPs are usually bundled with legitimate software or tempting downloads such as torrents, free games, mp3s, movies and wallpapers) but they are often referred to in download agreements. This way the publishers cannot claim to be doing anything wrong.

The problem is that this referral or acknowledgement may not be terribly clear or obvious, and you may find that the wording is ambiguous or that you have to carefully check or uncheck any number of boxes in order to get the right combination that stops the PUP download. And that is why when you download something you should always check the agreement carefully and read between the lines. It's time to stop clicking 'OK, OK, OK' and to start protecting your computer from potentially unwanted programs. To remove Astromenda Search from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com


Astromenda Search Removal Guide:


1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.





2. As this infection is known to be installed by vulnerabilities in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use an automatic software update tool to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer.

3. Remove Astromenda Search related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.



If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".



Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.



4. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following programs:
  • Astromenda Search
  • Astromenda New Tab extension


If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove Astromenda Search from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.



2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove Astromenda New Tab, BookmarkTube extensions.



3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.


4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.


5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. That's it!

Remove Astromenda Search from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.



2. Select Extensions. Remove Astromenda New Tab, BookmarkTube browser extensions. Close Add-ons manger.




3. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.



Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.



In the search filter at the top, type: astromenda

Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by astromenda.com. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!

Remove Astromenda Search from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.



2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Live Search search engine and make it your default web search provider (Set as default).

3. Select Astromenda Search and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very helpful. Thanks

Anonymous said...

This Astromenda search virus is a *b.

The "remove" option isn't even highlighted so you can't click it and when I downloaded a virus scan to remove it, I would've had to buy it. For some reason Malwarebytes & McAfee are not picking it up.

:( Any thoughts?

Springbok said...

This was clear and very helpful. Thanks a bunch.

Anonymous said...

Astromenda is very tricky I've noticed. It's easy to uninstall/remove the program. Check-done. I tried to "remove" it from the add-ons and it wouldn't even highlight the word remove after double clicking on Astromenda. I have tried to add another search engine as my default so that I could double click and remove Astromenda. Nope. I am so frustrated! I want to permanently delete/remove/forever Astromenda. What websites are legit to remove it? Do I have to buy a malward software program? Not if but WHEN... is the question. Faith will lead me forward. TRUTH PREVAILS..."So long hath thy power kept me, sure it still will lead me on..."

Anonymous said...

Actually, after all of my frustration... how exciting is this news!! I just tried one LAST time to delete Astromenda from my default and I switched the numbers where it was 1 and I changed it to 2. Within seconds I just double clicked on it and poof...it was FINALLY GONE!!! FREE AT LAST!! THANK you to you all for your clarity, patience and virtue in truth!! Also, I verified your website on www.scamadvisors.com and said you are a TRUSTED WEBSITE alongside Amazon aslegitimate sites. Thank you for your courage and resilience to expose the lies and replace it with FREEDOM!!! <3

Anonymous said...

If Astromenda comes bundled with "legitimate" software, then that software is not legitimate.

Anonymous said...

Not helpful. Astromenda doesn't appear in Extensions. But it's there all the time.

Anonymous said...

I can't delete it off my add/remove program area in control panel.
I can't find it anywhere on my computer.
Im not sure what to do.... it won't let me do anything or even find it when searched!

Anonymous said...

Malwarebytes found and removed it.

Anonymous said...

on my son's new laptop the change/remove option does not function, a window pops up and tells us "you need administrator rights to do this". Actually, the user logged in is the admin. Any advice?

Anonymous said...

Does this REALLY work and astomedia not show back up? I have tried 3 different major protection co's, Norton, McAfee, Avast premier "scrubbing" and none of them picked up astormedia. We have the premier form of a major protection co and it did not stop this bug. I have blocked, erased, removed astromedia from all areas of google chrome settings, it goes away for a day and them comes back. There is no program to uninstall. done that. cannot find a file. Help!!!

Anonymous said...

hi all
i followed the instructions for windows xp and firefox and it FINALLY removed that s*** program

thanks a lot

Anonymous said...

These instructions were so helpful. My PC is finally free from this frustrating malware. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. This is very helpful. Removed successfully.

Anonymous said...

You are a saint. Thank you SO MUCH for the instructions. Finally got rid of that flipping search engine.

Anonymous said...

I followed the instructions for Firefox and it seemed to work. I'm concerned however, because in the about:config it found four or five instances of things that had been touched, all of which had some variation of the Astromenda name. When I right click and choose reset, they all changed to something that actually said "Astromenda". (as opposed to a variation) Makes me wonder if it's really gone?

Admin said...

I think you should also run a full system scan with anti-malware software. If you won't remove all malicious files from the system it will almost certainly hijack Firefox again.

Ling Li said...

I removed it, but after some time, it will come back. I removed it again, and after some time it came back again. Sometime it will be a few days, sometime a few weeks. Used all different anti-virus, but can not found it.
Can someone help?